Making Smarter Choices for Your Pet's Health
Our pets are like our family members, and we provide them with quality food and give them lots of love, so they live a happy and healthy life. All the love that we give them, sometimes it makes us forget about basic things that could extend our pet’s lifespan. Here are some tips for keeping your dog’s happy and healthy.
- Keep those teeth clean
Like humans, our pets need healthy teeth and gums as well. Dental disease or oral health issues are common among pets, and if your pet isn’t chewing their food, that would be the most common sign of discomfort. Avoid costly dental procedures by the vet and get your pet started on a tooth brushing schedule. There are specialized toothbrushes for your pet, along with toothpaste. You can also give your pet dental treats and toys that help with keeping their teeth and mouth clean.
- Watch your dog’s weight
Humans, our pets can start to develop serious health issues if they become overweight. Pets that are obese or overweight are more at risk of heart disease or diabetes. Lean dogs and cats have the appearance of being healthier and are more comfortable; they will have a longer lifespan. Consult with your veterinarian if you have concerns about your pet’s weight, and they should be able to help you decide on a proper diet and exercise schedule.
- Regular Checkups
Pet needs a regular checkup, like you need a routine checkup. Regular visits yearly to the veterinarian will help prevent serious health issues. If there are any health issues, they are caught early and treated early with a monthly preventative checkup, and the cost of a regular checkup will be far less than the price of a more serious illness down the line.
- Vaccines are important
Have been proven to prevent pet illnesses and future diseases. They also provide your pet with an improved immune system to fight off any infections. There are regular vaccines that your pet will need to be updated yearly, like distemper and rabies. It’s okay if there is a short gap in between keeping your pet’s vaccinations up to date, but it is recommended that you follow the vaccination record provided by your vet.
- Go for a Walk
Exercise is suitable for both you and your pet. It might be a bit hard to walk a cat, but it has been done. Walking will help shed any extra pounds and preserve your pet’s muscle tone and joint movement. It is a highly physical activity that will also stimulate your dog’s mind as they will get to explore past their ordinary yard or house. Just make sure to avoid walking during the hottest days as the pavement can burn the pads of your dog, and walking through the coldest day could freeze your dog’s paws as well.
Our pets only give us love, and through these choices, you can show them how much you care by keeping them happy, healthy, and comfortable.